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June 10, 2011

"Detection of Extra-Terrestrial Life and the Consequences for Science and Society"


Above, the cover of the February 2011 issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, which featured 17 articles by some of the heaviest hitters in this field.

Plenty of interest here, too bad only the abstracts of the articles are available free (the way we like it).

June 10, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Open/Closed Necklace



June 10, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Sorry I Haven't Posted — "Inspiring apologies from today's World Wide Web"


Artist Cory Arcangel's blog re-posts other people's apologies for not blogging.

I like it.

"The dog ate my blog."

Clearly "I want results, not excuses!" is no longer operative.

June 10, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Record Cleaning Machine


From the website:


The VPI HW-16.5 has become the standard in affordable record cleaning machines.

With proper cleaning your records will last longer, and wear on your expensive needle will be reduced.

High-torque 18 RPM turntable motor powers 35-second per album side cleaning cycle, removing old residue and preventing future buildup.

Self-aligning high-powered vacuum tube for quick and accurate deep cleaning.

Internal fluid collection system is constructed of stainless steel to prevent corrosion.

Fully enclosed, no splashing, no mess, and no liquid touches the record label.



$550 (includes 8 oz. bottle of cleaning solution and cleaning brush).

[via Fancy]

June 10, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Living in a Quantum World


Above, the artwork by Mondolithic Studios which appears on the cover of the new (June) issue of Scientific American.


Love it.

June 10, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Stealth Grill is perfect if your rental agreement prohibits them: Hide in plain sight


From the website:



A two-in-one for the tiniest of urban spaces.

The top of this clever grill is a contemporary planter, perfect for growing your favorite herbs.

The heat-insulated ceramic bottom is a modern barbeque, complete with stainless steel grilling grate and handle/tongs.


14.5" Ø x 10.6"H; cooking surface: 11.4" Ø.




[via Randee Dawn]

June 10, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Glass Spinning Wheel — Andy Paiko

From Stacey Ransom's story in issue 26 of Make magazine:

Andy Paiko is a glass blower known for his intricate vessels that deftly mix nostalgia and modernity, and look equally at home in the Mütter Museum of medicine or the Guggenheim."

Paiko has painstakingly re-created intricate antique machines almost exclusively out of glass, including a spinning wheel [top], seismograph, weight scales, and even a large-scale Ben Franklin-esque glass armonica — and they all work.

June 10, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: potentially capable of providing hours of fun on a repeated basis.

And a third: not a potential occupant of a place in one's batterie de cuisine.

June 10, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

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